Sacred Commerce Meets Green Business – Alexia Marcous, Dharma MS [VIDEO]

commerce with compassion - dharma msHow do you walk your talk while running a triple bottom line business? How do you avoid turning your socially responsible business into a sweatshop for good?

Alexia Marcous, Co-Founder and Vice President of Dharma Merchant Services, shares with us what it took to their grow their business, how they practice compassionate commerce, and the joys of running a B-Corporation that serves other amazing green businesses.

Dharma Merchant Services is an online merchant service provider with an ethical grounding like no other. Throughout her business, providing the accounts and equipment that businesses need in order to accept credit card payments, Alexia Marcous works to bring her ethics into focus. That means overcoming egregious contracts, undisclosed terms, cancellation fees, and bringing ethics back into the world of business. Check out this interview to find out why these principles are so central to Alexia’s entrepreneurial approach, including her thoughts on:

  • The benefits of incorporating the spiritual into your business
  • Using passive residual income to give back to the community
  • Balancing work and life demands
  • Why she chose to make her company a Certified B Corporation
  • The challenges and benefits of being a greener business and where to get a green certification

She’ll also talk about her own personal journey of seeking to incorporate the sacred through right action and right livelihood into her daily life.

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About Alexia Marcous

alexia marcousAlexia holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and an M.B.A. from Drexel University. Alexia was a computer programmer and systems architect consultant for 12 years, serving companies and non-profits in the financial, insurance, pharmaceutical, energy and technology industries. She currently sits on the board of the Green Chamber of Commerce as Vice President and serves on the Political Action Committee.

For more information about Alexia Marcous and Dharma Merchant services go to, or connect with Dharma MS on Facebook or Twitter.


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Lorna Li

Lorna Li is a social media and green marketing expert. She enjoys helping green businesses and nonprofits with bootstrap marketing, as well as helping job seekers leverage social media for personal branding.

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  1. Michael Olin says:

    I agree with this woman! You should always keep your religious views away from your business, it won’t help your business and may scare people away. You may lose costumers who are extremely religious, but the ones you gain out-weights the losses.

  2. Lorna Li says:

    I think it’s important to discern between spirituality and religion. Religion that is proselytizing has no place in business, but it’s always a great practice to behave ethically and with higher purpose in all business engagements.

  3. pearl says:

    Read Megatrends 2010, spirituality have positive correlation with firm poductivity

  4. Jenny Sanders says:

    Religion and Spirituality should go together. I certainly agree.

  5. Mike Stewart says:

    Every person who has the wisdom will easy convey spirituality and religion. They should not be separated.

  6. Lorna Li says:

    For spiritual entrepreneurs, I’d say it’s impossible to separate spirituality from work, it ends up being part of your spiritual path and a tool for awakening.

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